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  • Taiwan Fines Apple for Interfering with iPhone Price Plans


    Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission recently slapped Apple with a $670,000 fine for interfering with mobile providers and handset retailers’ pricing. To be more specific the Cupertino California company was accused of violating the nation’s Fair Trade Act by advising mobile carriers on how much they should charge for iPhones. The commission feels that Apple has no rights to govern how carriers sell iPhones after having sold the carriers distribution rights.

    A recent report by The Wall Street Journal indicated that the fine involved resale and distribution rights rather than just pricing, noting that the commission maintained that Taiwan’s three major carriers: Chunghwa Telecom, Far Eastone Telecommunication, and Taiwan Mobile “can distribute or resell iPhones at their complete discretion after paying Apple for those rights.” The decision applies only to iPhones and not to other devices such as the iPad or Macs. Mobile phones and carriers tend to be subject to unique regulations in most countries.

    The report continued by citing an FTC statement that says the following:

    Through the email correspondence between Apple and these three telecom companies we discovered the companies submit their pricing plans to Apple to be approved or confirmed before the products hit the market.
    As of right now, Apple hasn’t responded to the accusations, although the FTC notes that Apple can appeal the ruling. If it doesn’t comply, the commission has threatened an even larger fine. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.

    Source: The Wall Street Journal
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Taiwan Fines Apple for Interfering with iPhone Price Plans started by Akshay Masand View original post
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      djaquapimp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Akshay Masand View Post


      Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission recently slapped Apple with a $670,000 fine for interfering with mobile providers and handset retailers’ pricing. To be more specific the Cupertino California company was accused of violating the nation’s Fair Trade Act by advising mobile carriers on how much they should charge for iPhones. The commission feels that Apple has no rights to govern how carriers sell iPhones after having sold the carriers distribution rights.

      A recent report by The Wall Street Journal indicated that the fine involved resale and distribution rights rather than just pricing, noting that the commission maintained that Taiwan’s three major carriers: Chunghwa Telecom, Far Eastone Telecommunication, and Taiwan Mobile “can distribute or resell iPhones at their complete discretion after paying Apple for those rights.” The decision applies only to iPhones and not to other devices such as the iPad or Macs. Mobile phones and carriers tend to be subject to unique regulations in most countries.

      The report continued by citing an FTC statement that says the following:



      As of right now, Apple hasn’t responded to the accusations, although the FTC notes that Apple can appeal the ruling. If it doesn’t comply, the commission has threatened an even larger fine. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.

      Source: The Wall Street Journal
      Nice 😎

      Always good to see a large corporation be put in its pace for trying to use it's power for illegal and shady practices. Apple should stop trying to control every little thing about their products